The first four bridges of Illuminated River, the public art commission to light up the bridges of the Thames at night, are now lit! Join official City Guides and experts from the Illuminated River project team, as they take you on a journey under the rivets of London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges, with Thames Clippers. Back by popular demand, 2020 dates have been released for the Illuminated River Official Boat Tours with Thames Clippers: Thursday | 16 January | 19:30 Saturday | 25 January | 18:30 Thursday | 6 February | 19:30 Saturday | 15 February | 18:30 Thursday | 20 February | 19:30 | Richard Dye, Finance Director at Illuminated River Foundation Saturday | 29 February | 18:30 Thursday | 5 March | 19:30 | Douglas Inglis, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Saturday | 14 March | 19:30 Thursday | 19 March | 19:30 | Chris Waite, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Saturday | 28 March | 19:30 Saturday | 4 April | 20:30 Thursday | 9 April | 20:30 Saturday | 18 April | 20:30 Thursday | 30 April | 21:00 Saturday | 9 May | 21:00 Thursday | 14 May | 21:30 Saturday | 23 May | 21:30 Tuesday | 26 May | 21:30 Book your tickets now and let the official City of London Guides take you on a journey through time while sailing underneath these architectural, social and historical landmarks of London. Tours start at Tower Pier. Tickets: £7.50 for an adult, £5 for children aged 5-15 years and London Freedom Pass Holders; children aged 0-4 years travel for free but a ticket still needs to be booked. Book tickets Accessibility: Illuminated River Boat Tours depart from Tower Pier and are wheelchair accessible. We can carry two unfolded wheelchairs and an unlimited number when folded. More details here. Passengers with a Disabled I.D. badge/card benefit from the concession rate; please select the London Freedom Pass fare. Visit the Illuminated River Foundation website to learn more about the project.
Join ZSL in a virtual reality journey beneath the surface of the Thames. Located beside No.1 London Bridge on the Queen’s Walk riverpath, ZSL’s virtual reality portal by the Thames will take you on a thrilling journey below the surface of London’s great river. As you ‘swim’ along you’ll join ZSL’s conservation team in discovering incredible wildlife that lives below the surface. Challenge your friends and family to see who can discover the most species and keep an eye out for some surprises along the way! ZSL is a conservation charity, working in the Thames and around the world to stop wild animals going extinct. This virtual reality experience is part of ZSL’s celebration of the river through our Mother Thames campaign. ZSL believe that the River Thames is London’s wildlife secret. Porpoises, seals and seahorses live in the Thames along with eels and smelt (the fish that smells like cucumber). Many of these amazing animals are born and raised in the river, or Mother Thames as we like to call her. What may look like murky water is a river thriving with life, and ZSL is working to ensure it stays that way. Together with partners and volunteers we’re making great progress – from being declared biologically dead in the 1950s, the River Thames is now a hub of life thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. The Thames needs all of us to ensure a future for its wildlife. Join ZSL’s #MotherThames campaign as they celebrate the secret wildlife in the capital city and work with them to protect it. This experience is free and open to all. As a charity, ZSL rely on donations for our wildlife-saving work. If you would like to support ZSL there is a contactless card donation point at the experience, and all donations are greatly appreciated! Part of Totally Thames 2019.
Totally Thames is back again this year to take the river by storm and fill it to the brim with events celebrating the lifeblood of London. With over 100 events stretching over the 42 mile length of the Thames in London and a mixture of arts, heritage, family and river events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this September. London Bridge highlights include the Bascule Chamber Concerts, the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge, Just Type meets River Thames, Discover London’s Wildlife Secret with ZSL, Illuminated River Boat Tours, Sing for Water, Kid’s Choir at The Scoop, Red Umbrella, Song of the Sea, and the Henry Reichhold exhibition: One Hour. For the full 2019 programme go to totallythames.org Team London Bridge is a sponsor of Totally Thames.
You may have noticed a dramatic change to the London Bridge riverscape during these short nights of July. On the evening of 17 July, four of the Thames’s most famous bridges – including London Bridge – were transformed with the launch of the first phase of Illuminated River – an ambitious new art commission for London that will eventually see up to 15 bridges lit along the Thames. Conceived by internationally-acclaimed American artist Leo Villareal, and British architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, The artwork celebrates the architecture and heritage of London’s historic bridges, and will encourage more people to enjoy the river and the riverside at night Four bridges – London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium – are now lit up in unison, with sequenced LED patterns subtly unfolding across each unique structure. The new artwork will be in place for at least 10 years. For more go to illuminatedriver.london #IlluminatedRiver Photography by James Newton
If you visited London Bridge in July, you may have stumbled across the MGAU (Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit) a giant gull shaped artwork by award winning international artist Mark Dion. Gulls are now very much part of the River Thames’ landscape, but often misunderstood. MGAU toured the area to celebrate the unloved Gull, educating its visitors on their behaviour, calls and habits. Photography by Simon Lamrock See what else MGAU got up to at #Gullinthecity Team London Bridge bringing art to the heart of London Bridge. Mark Dion has exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern. For more information visit https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/mark-dion-2789 and http://www.folkestoneartworks.co.uk/artists/mark-dion/ Mark Dion’s Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2008, now part of Folkestone Artworks. Supported by Potters Fields Management Trust, Ugly Duck, London Bridge Station , Southwark Council, King’s College London and presented by Team London Bridge.
The MGAU has landed in London Bridge. Look out on the streets of London Bridge for the Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit (MGAU), a giant gull shaped artwork by award winning international artist Mark Dion. Seagulls are now very much part of the River Thames’ landscape and MGAU importantly celebrates the unloved Gull. Visit the Unit to find out about their behaviour, calls and mating habits. Pick up an illustrated ‘Field Guide’ designed by the artist, find out information about what’s going on in the London Bridge area or enter our Summer drawing competition. Come and visit MGAU in these locations 11am – 7pm: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17; Melior Place Wednesday 18 – Friday 20; Holyrood Street by Gibbon’s Rent Saturday 21 and Sunday 22; King’s College London – Guy’s Campus, Memorial Gardens Monday 23 – Saturday 28; Potters Fields – beside Tower Bridge (11.30pm start) Mark Dion has exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern. For more information visit https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/mark-dion-2789 and http://www.folkestoneartworks.co.uk/artists/mark-dion/ Mark Dion’s Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2008, now part of Folkestone Artworks. Supported by Potters Fields Management Trust, Ugly Duck, London Bridge Station , Southwark Council, King’s College London and presented by Team London Bridge. Photography by Simon Lamrock